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With the heaviest of hearts, we have made the decision to cancel all summer 2020 programs. We have provided a list of questions below to assist you in determining next steps. 

Summer Program Cancellation FAQs

Can I defer this year’s fees toward camp next year?

Yes, we encourage you to defer your fees to next summer or any future Camp Fire program. Please be advised that you can choose to change this option to a refund at any time.

The majority of our camps were wait-listed this year and we anticipate another record summer next year.  If you choose to defer the fees you’ve paid this year, you’ll receive priority registration for 2021 programs before we open registration to the general public.  

Can I redirect my program fees and make a donation?

Yes, by making a gift you can help us recover from the loss of at least six months of program revenue. Running high-quality summer camps requires year-round spending, including staff salaries, facilities maintenance, insurance, bookkeeping, and utilities. Your support will help us manage this crisis and ensure that we emerge ready to help your kids heal and reconnect. Also, if your employer has a matching gift program you can further your impact for Camp Fire.

If you choose to make a donation, you’ll receive priority registration for 2021 before we open it to the general public. 


Will my donation be tax-deductible?

Yes, Camp Fire is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and any portion of your camp fees redirected as a donation will be tax-deductible. Thanks to the CARES Act, charitable donations up to $300 made in 2020 may be deductible on your federal income tax return, even if you don’t normally itemize deductions.

Can I receive a refund?

We understand that not every family may be in a position to defer their fees or make a donation.  We will issue a partial or full refund, including deposit, to any family that requests one.

Make a donation, defer your payment to next year, or request a refund by completing the form below:

Make Your Request

* Please note that all summer program registrants must complete this form. If you have more than one camper registered, you’ll need to fill out a form for each one.

Thank you for your patience as we process a high volume of requests. 

Additional questions?

Michael McGrath, Member Services Manager
michaelm@campfireseattle.org, (206) 826-8937

How did you make the decision to cancel your summer camps?

Based on Governor Inslee’s phased plan to reopen businesses and lift social distancing measures, mid-July is the soonest that gatherings of more than 50 people would be allowed, and that’s only if public health targets are met as quickly as possible. Any delay could push Phase 4 into August or fall. We considered many other factors, including the potential that a single case of COVID-19 would require all campers and staff to immediately go home and quarantine for 14 days.

Will you be able to run any programs at all this summer?

At this time, we do not anticipate that it will be safe to run any in-person programs this summer. If there is a significant change in county and state restrictions, we may consider running some smaller programs in late summer or fall.

Are you offering any virtual camps?

We currently don’t have any plans to offer virtual camps however, we will be exploring ways to support and engage our young people with the caring connection and enriching experiences found in our programs.  In the meantime, we invite you to visit our recently launched resources for families, At Home with Camp Fire and In the Woods with Camp Fire.

What does this mean for summer staff?

We are devastated about losing the opportunity to work with our team of talented and dedicated summer staff. We have extended their employment offers to next summer and hope to see all of them in 2021.

What does this mean for CITs, RSITs, and LEADs?

We will be in contact with Counselors In Training (CITs), Riding Staff In Training (RSITs), and LEADs (Lead, Engage, Act, Discover) very soon about the future of their program. We plan to offer a virtual or hybrid virtual/in-person program throughout the summer and into next school year. We will provide more information as soon as we have the details of this program.

Those accepted as CITs and RSITs in 2020 will be eligible for the LEAD program in 2021, regardless of their participation in a virtual or hybrid program this year. 2020 LEADs will be eligible to apply for a position as a Kitchen Assistant/Rover on our staff team in 2021.

Recent Communications

5/21/20 – Summer Cancellation Letter

4/29/20 – Letter to Families

4/10/20 – Message to Families from Our Executive Director

3/28/20 – Message from Executive Director

3/26/20 – Message from Day Camp Director

3/24/20 – Message from Camp Sealth Director